The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali are the basis of yoga and they are a delightful confluence of philosophy and practice. The insights into human processes that are contained in the Yoga Sutra are fascinating. At Ritambhara, we believe that Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is not meant to be studied academically as a moral compass or rules of human thought and behaviour, but rather as a mirror that helps us see ourselves better and guide our practice.
The Yoga Sutra Study program is a long-term committed study of the four chapters in the Yoga Sutra. We go word by word with each sutra and reflect on our lives using it as a mirror. The course is spread over two years. We take up the study of one chapter every six months over four days and stay with the experience to allow the learning to percolate in us slowly and deeply. Learning to self-reflect through the lens of the Yoga Sutra empowers a life-long journey of self discovery and being able to transform one’s mind from a more disturbed state towards a state of viveka, bringing more lucidity and clarity.